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What I got up to during lockdown 1.0

What I got up to during lockdown 1.0

What a crazy, hectic time 2020 has been for everyone! Even though I’m currently in the toughest year of my experience at University College Birmingham so far, I was glad to be back into a routine and now as you know it, we’re back into another lockdown!

I thought for the blog this week I’d show you all what I got up to during those strange few months of lockdown 1.0.

My first lockdown project was to learn a new skill… don’t laugh – I knitted my cat a blanket! I actually sat down and taught myself how to knit – any skilled knitters out there will probably be screaming at the screen as my knitting isn’t the best, but I just learned the easiest thing and rolled with it!

The only gutting thing about this is that my cat liked her new blanket for all of 5 minutes and then got bored, so my first lockdown project was a fail!!

Now, as lockdown 1.0 was through the spring and summer, I am actually embarrassed over how many scones I ate. I ate soooo much food, please can everyone tell me I’m not alone in this one?… or am I? lol.

It’s about to get sad now (cue the violins). My boyfriend, Mitch, moved to France at the start of July to continue with his pilot training. Now this was a very sad day for me, but I quickly booked myself 2 trips out to France to see him so I soon felt ok about it all, until both trips got cancelled due to ol’ Covid. I miss you Mitch <3

After this lull I found myself in, I threw myself into a new project and we built a vegetable patch!! I have wanted one for soooo long now but it has always just seemed like too much of a job!

We started off growing the easy stuff like tomatoes, strawberries, courgettes etc and they were so successful! Then we got a bit more confident and built the proper thing. I have to admit, I have become a bit of a gardening lover over the past few months! I find spending a few hours of gardening a week can clear your head and calm you down! We now have a wide array of vegetables in the garden, from Brussels sprouts to peppers to teeny tiny carrots!

I’d really recommend anyone buy yourselves a little pot and a bag of compost and plant yourself some veg – you don’t have to have bags of room and it’s helped my mental health a lot!!

And really, that’s what it’s all about. Lockdown is such a difficult time but you don’t have to be productive every single day. Some days getting out of bed can be the biggest achievement. Don’t be too hard on yourself, take each day as it comes and we’ll soon be through another difficult time.

If I can give you one piece of advice from this blog post: eat whatever makes you happy! I worried and worried that I was eating too much and you know what, if that biscuit is going to make you happy, eat it!!

Personally, I thought at the start of the first lockdown that I had to be productive and make the most of my time, however, this was only stressing me out and making me unhappy. So do what makes you happy, take time for yourself – because that’s what’s most important!

I’d love to know what you guys got up to during lockdown and I’ll see you all next week!

Millie 🙂